• Rev. Dr. Andrea M. King

Cooking with Pastor King: Strawberry Pound Cake




Cooking with Pastor King: Strawberry Pound Cake

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter

2 cups sugar

3 ounce package strawberry gelatin (sugar free is ok)

5 large eggs at room temperature

1/2 cup milk (whole milk, buttermilk, or other milk can be used) at room temperature

1/2 cup pureed strawberries (fresh or frozen)

3 cups all-purpose flour (GF is ok, too. IF using self-rising flour or a prepared baking mix that already contains salt/baking soda/baking powder, OMIT the next two ingredients)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together. Then whisk in strawberry gelatin. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a 10-inch bunt pan (or 2 10-in layer pans) with vegetable shortening (like Crisco in the can) then sugar or flour the pan(s) lightly to cover greased surfaces.

Thoroughly cream together shortening and butter. Add sugar and mix until fluffy.

Add eggs in one at a time until yellow mixes in the batter. Add the vanilla and mix in the batter.

Combine the milk and strawberries to make one cup of liquid.

Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. (1/3 flour mixture, 1/2 milk mixture, 1/3 flour, 1/2 milk mixture, 1/3 flour)

Pour batter into pan(s) and smooth top.

Bake in 325-degree oven 65 to 70 minutes for the bunt pan. For the layer pans, I would suggest checking the cake at the 45-50 minute time frame because you may have a powerful oven.


Allow cake to cool for 10 - 15 minutes then carefully turn out on a serving tray.

If using the Bundt cake, serve plain, dust with powered sugar, or drizzle with a glaze (start with a cup if powered sugar and add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the


consistency you want).

If serving as a layer cake, spread whipped cream or cool whip in between the layers and on top, add some fresh strawberries to decorate. You can use homemade or store bought frosting also. In the words of Donnie and Marie, "I'm leaving it all up to you."


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